Post # 1
I have a professional decorator who is working with me for the wedding. She has a great reputation in this area and I have full confidence in working with her but I’m a little put off by something she said to me.
She was trying to rent me linens but I told her I was more interested in buying my own so that I could sell them after. She said OK and we moved on like it was no big deal. Then today I get an email from her that says the following:
“I know you said you would be purchasing your own linens but just so you know if you wanted to order them yourself, you will need to provide a tax id number to complete your order if using the wholesale companies like weddinglinensdirect.com or cvlinens.com . Some of the wholesale companies who do not require you to give them the license or tax id right then when you order will require it when they complete their taxes for the year and they will mail you out the business exempt form. (FYI) So if you order throught them you will end up paying a heavy fine at the end of the year when they realize you aren’t a business”
Is this true or is she trying to get me to rent from her? I ordered from both companies for my engagement party and now I’m worried: I never saw any stipulations on the site that you had to be a business owner or have a wholesale license?
Post # 3
Not true. There have been plenty of bees who have ordered from them.
Post # 4
@Miss CuppyCake: Wow. That was very sneaky/self serving of her.
Post # 5
She’s lying to you. I bought linens for 2 weddings (in ’09 and ’10) and haven’t gotten that magic bill yet. Don’t worry about it, but don’t get your linens through her. How sneaky.
Post # 6
For the benefit of the doubt, I’m going to suggest that she never personally bought linens through them, and as an actual business, she may have been subjected to such additional concerns and truly just doesn’t know better?
If I found out a vendor lied to me to try to get more business, I would try to cancel my contract with her altogether. You’re in a really awkward spot — you can’t flat out tell her that you know she’s lying and disapprove because what if she performs subpar service in retaliation? If you’re stuck with her, after your wedding, I would at least publicly retell this story in a vendor review. Don’t call her a dirty liar or anything, just let other brides know that she may be misinformed and that you had a lovely experience buying your own linens. 😉
Post # 7
The point about not upsetting her before your wedding is a good one I think, just in case! Maybe just write back and say thank you for her concern but that you’ve asked around and have already ordered from them and think it will be ok. If you go with a “thanks so much, but I’m going this way” tone rather than a “you dirty liar” tone then hopefully you can get yourself out of this tricky situation. But I don’t think you have anything to worry about with a mysterious huge bill turning up later, I think if that had been happening the hive and the internet in general would be abuzz with stories about it.
Post # 8
Be very weary of that place.
I bought from them last month bc they were the cheapest around (should have been my first heads up!) The color did not look like it does online, nor did it look like a “turquoise.” They posted their store room hours online so I went by to see if I could exchage it. I had not opened the package – it was sealed, so I didnt think there would be any problem exchanging it.
Upon walking in, I got so many strange looks and uncomfortable faces. Women in the office stared continuously as I talked to Robert (of Weddinglinendirect). I dont know how they were so shocked someone was in the office. Apparently, they do not want people to come visit their store, despite the storeroom hours posted. He said he would not exchange them for me there and I had to pay for shipping. Shipping was $8.49 (surprisingly expensive for a house 15 min away). This meant I was to pay $25.47 in shipping 20 chair sashes 3 times. That DOUBLED the amount for the sashes!!!
I do not want to pay $50 for twenty dollar chair sashes that did NOT match the description or the picture. Oh wait! I fogot. They also wanted me to pay a 35% RESTOCKING FEE on top of that! So it would be $60.00 for some cheap quality, wrongly labeled chair sashes worth $20.
What a scam!!!!!!
Post # 9
I was a MOB and I didn’t have a problem with ordering through http://www.weddinglinensdirect.com If you are/were concerned about a color or quality of something, I suggest that you order a sample first. I did find that their shipping was a little high, but they have many more choices of colors than other places. Perhaps you could have sold them instead of losing $. It’s also important to know/accept the policies of the companies you are doing business with. I am sorry you had a disappointing experience.
Post # 10
I agree stay away from Wedding Linen’s Direct. First the true colors are not what they show online, they charge ridiculous shipping fees, a 35% restocking fee when you need to return the item because it’s the wrong color & then they refuse to refund an item because you do not fold it exaclty how it came. I had to taken it out of the package to see the color but placed it back in the original package but I’m not a folding expert so they will not refund me. Horrible company! Stay far away!!